The proposed Willatook Wind Farm is located between Orford and Hawkesdale in south-west Victoria. The area is predominantly cleared land used for cattle and sheep farming although some of the properties are also used for dairy farming and cropping.
The project would comprise up to 86 wind turbines with a height of up to 250 metres from ground to blade tip and would include other associated infrastructure such as access tracks (both new and upgraded from existing farm tracks where necessary); underground cabling; overhead lines and other electrical infrastructure such as a substation; a transmission powerline within the site; battery storage facility; and, temporary concrete batching plants. The potential for an on-site quarry is also being investigated, which would reduce the amount of traffic on local roads. It is expected that the wind farm would operate for at least 25 years.
In addition to a strong wind resource, an ideal wind farm site is close to transmission infrastructure and in an area where potential impacts to areas of ecological, landscape or heritage sensitivity can be either avoided or minimised and managed. It is also important that the site is appropriately zoned, has a relatively low density of dwellings in the area, and contains an open and unobstructed landscape with good road access. The detailed assessments undertaken to date indicate that the Willatook area meets these criteria. Located adjacent to the existing Tarrone Terminal Station with an excellent wind resource, the proposed location is very well suited to a wind farm development.
A successful wind farm development also benefits from a supportive local community. Wind Prospect hopes to gain such support throughout the development of this project.
Wind farm developments bring economic benefits to a regional community. These include opportunities for local contractors and suppliers of goods and services and the opportunity for local employment during construction and operation. Labour and services from the local or regional area are engaged where the necessary skills and services are available.
1,500 GWhr Annual Output
Up to 300,000
Households supplied p.a.
Up to 1.7 million
tonnes p.a. of CO2
Wind farms provide a renewable clean source of electricity and are arguably the most cost-effective source of new energy generation currently available.
Wind farms are well placed to make a strong contribution to reducing Australia's greenhouse gas emissions.